Various permits and approvals are required in order for the Highway 407 East project to move forward and for construction to begin. The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) has received all permits and approvals for the area between Brock Road and Harmony Road and Highway 412 to Highway 401.

The 407 East Development Group (407EDG) – the consortium selected to deliver the first section of the Highway 407 East project – is required to continue all necessary work related to permits and approvals (see descriptions below).

MTO is currently working on permits and approvals for the area between Harmony Road in Oshawa and Highway 35/115 in Clarington and Highway 418.

This page will be updated with related material once it becomes available.

    Phase 1

Applications for local road closures for the first section of Highway 407 have been submitted to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). The OMB decision approving road closures for the first section can be viewed Download the OMB decision approving road closures for the first section PDF icon  here. This decision was followed by a Download the Notice of Road Closing PDF icon  Notice of Road Closings and advertisements in local newspapers in Ajax, Pickering, Oshawa, Whitby and Clarington. These notifications detailed the OMB decision and road closure locations for the first section of Highway 407. Learn more about Download Road Closures PDF icon  Road closures >> 

MTO acquired all the Endangered Species Act permits for the first section of the Highway 407 East project (from Brock Road to Harmony Road) including Highway 412. On behalf of MTO, 407EDG will work in accordance with the conditions and schedules outlined in the permits. The following is a brief summary of the overall benefits for each endangered species affected by the Highway 407 East project:

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Redside Dace (fish)

There will be a series of Overall Benefit projects  related to Redside Dace in the Duffins Creek, Carruthers Creek and Lynde Creek  watersheds in Durham Region. These include the creation of wetlands, riparian  planting, bioengineering along stream banks, and removal of barriers and ponds. In 2013, MTO submitted the first monitoring report for this species to the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF). Beginning in 2014 and continuing until January 2021, 407EDG will produce and submit annual monitoring reports to MTO and MNRF.

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Butternut (tree)

As part of the Butternut tree permit, MTO has participated in the MNRF Butternut Tree Archive Program. There will be Butternut trees planted with companion trees on MTO lands to replace the ones that will be removed to build the highway. The new trees will be monitored for five years by 407EDG, who will be responsible for providing annual reports to MTO and MNRF.

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Bobolink (bird) and Eastern Meadowlark (bird)

Prime breeding habitat for these bird species will be established on MTO lands within the Highway 407 corridor and maintained by 407EDG for a five-year period. In 2013, MTO submitted the first monitoring report for these species to MNRF. Between 2014 and 2017, 407EDG will produce and submit annual monitoring reports to MTO and MNRF.

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Barn Swallow (bird)

Two different types of permanent nesting structures with nesting cups for the Barn Swallow will be constructed on MTO lands within the Highway 407 corridor. These structures will be located in suitable foraging habitat and will be maintained by 407EDG for a five year period. In 2013, MTO submitted the first monitoring report for this species to MNRF. Between  2014 and 2017, 407EDG will produce and submit annual monitoring reports to MTO and MNRF .

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    Phase 2

Procedures to close local roads that fall within the limits of Highway 407 East Phase 2 commenced in 2014.  The Ministry of Transportation submitted an application to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) in October 2014 seeking approval of the OMB to close portions of 32 road allowances, including traveled and untraveled road allowances. The OMB has set a hearing date of February 3rd, 2015 to hear the details of these proposed road closings. Follow this link to read more details of the OMB Hearing. There are eight travelled road allowances within Highway 407 East Phase 2 which are proposed to be permanently closed at the boundary of Highway 407 East, and which will no longer cross the Highway 407 right-of-way.  In order to cross and/or access Highway 407, local commuters will be required to use an adjacent road which does cross Highway 407 by means of a bridge.  They are:
  • Leask Road
  • Washington Road
  • Rundle Road
  • Cedar Park Road
  • Acres Road
  • Cole Road
  • Brown Road
  • Old Mill Road
The road allowances which are granted approval for closing by the OMB will not be closed immediately; however, permission to close the roads is being sought in advance of construction of Highway 407 East Phase 2. Details of construction and timing of permanent and temporary road closures will be available from the construction consortium that has been selected to build the highway. The consortium will advertise and conduct Public Information Centres at which times details of construction and scheduling will be available. There are several unopened road allowances that will be closed as well, and where existing roads are realigned, the original road allowance will be closed. This second group of closures will not have an impact on the travelling public.
MTO will acquire Endangered Species Act permits for the second section of the Highway 407 East project, which includes the section of highway from Harmony Road to Highway 35/115 and Highway 418. MTO is working with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry to develop appropriate compensation, mitigation and overall benefit strategies for each species in order to meet the requirements under the Act. To find out more information on the Endangered Species Act, visit Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. Back to top ▲